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French and Francophone Studies

Explore the language and cultures of the French-speaking world
Discover and expand your knowledge of French and Francophone literature, culture and history as you develop your fluency in the French language.

Since our inception in 1853, we have a long tradition of teaching and researching French and Francophone studies. We provide three pathways to a French and Francophone major: introductory, intermediate and advanced. We provide students with a deep understanding of the literature, culture and history of the French and Francophone worlds, while developing their fluency in French.

We are a vibrant community of scholars, teachers and students. Our academics have expertise in modern and contemporary literature, cinema, art, theory and translation.

Our research 

Our researchers focus on a wide range of research areas, including: 

  • Artists’ writings, word and image studies
  • Autobiographical writing, life writing and diary writing
  • Comparative modernisms
  • Digital humanities
  • Feminist theory and women's writing
  • Film and media studies
  • Film festivals
  • Francophone films and world cinema
  • Francophone postcolonial studies
  • French and Francophone crime fiction
  • French and Francophone theory
  • Intersection of genre and gender
  • Modern and contemporary art
  • Modern and contemporary literature and culture
  • Pedagogy of French as a foreign language
  • Representations of Paris in literature and culture
  • South Pacific literature, art and culture
  • Translation, self-translation and translingual writing.

Learn more about languages and cultures research.


Our exchange programs provide life-changing experiences in France, Switzerland and Canada where students exercise their language skills and develop an understanding of cultural intricacies first hand.  

  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Université de Montréal, Canada
  • Sciences-Po, Paris, France 
  • Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
  • Université Denis-Diderot (Paris VII), France
  • Université Grenoble Alpes, France 
  • Université Jean-Moulin 3 Lyon, France
  • Université Lumière Lyon 2, France
  • Université de La Rochelle, France
  • Université d’Orléans, France
  • Université Paris, France
  • Université de Tours, France
  • Université de Genève, Switzerland 
  • Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Learn more about studying abroad and student exchange.

Our people


  • Beatrice Gallis
  • Annabel Gassmann
  • Josephine Goldman
  • Eve Nachin
  • Rita Orsini
  • Christel Rome

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